Confusing cleaning policies resulting poor hygiene in hospitals
Category: Commercial Cleaning
Concerns have been raised at National Health Service (NHS) Scotland after inspectors said that the issue of who is responsible for specific hospital cleaning tasks is still unclear in many hospitals. Furthermore, the lines between nurses or domestic staff becoming increasingly blurred.
According to a report by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate, this confusion between the cleaning responsibilities of nursing staff and cleaners, is creating severe hygiene issues.
The cleanliness of patient equipment and poor standards in accident and emergency departments is also a major source of concern for the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate.
The report said: "Generally, nursing staff are responsible for cleaning patient equipment and domestic staff clean wards and departments. For nursing staff this includes managing any blood or body fluid spillages.
"We found occasions where some cleaning responsibilities were not clear between nursing and domestic staff, for example the cleaning of patient beds. In some instances we were told ‘there is no time to clean' between patient use'."
Worryingly, for many hospitals in the region that were inspected, poor or unclear standards of cleaning were found to be a common theme.
"We are aware that emergency departments can be very busy and challenging places to provide patient care. While finding the time to clean in busy areas like this is demanding, it is essential to provide patient confidence that the hospital is safe and clean," the report stated.
Contaminated trolley beds in particular were cited as a prevalent issue.
The report highlights the importance of Commercial Cleaning, especially within a public health environment.
It also demonstrates the value of setting clear and transparent guidelines for commercial cleaners within a building.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva